Idol auditions end with “atrocious” and “delusional” talent in Seattle

American Idol 5‘s final stop on its seven-city audition tour was Seattle, but the talent there did not impress the judges.

Simon Cowell told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the talent they saw was “Absolutely atrocious.”

Randy Jackson said, “There must be something in the rainwater. It makes them wild, insane, maybe depressed. I blame it on the rain.” Specifically, host Ryan Seacrest said those who are rejected “don’t understand why they didn’t make it.”

Most surprising, however, is that even Paula Abdul is dissing the talent in Seattle. Of course, she qualifies it slightly, saying, “”Every three or four people, someone comes in and actually surprises us and makes us take notice.” But otherwise, Paula says, they are “Unusually fantastically delusional.” If Paula Abdul calls you delusional, well, actually, you might be sort of normal.

Cowell to Seattle: ‘Absolutely atrocious’ [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.